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  1. New Regime
    New Regime June 18, 2015 at 9:15 am . Reply

    But I thought that Richards was a CH? Not a FB!

    I’m not convinced about this signing, especially if we’re talking 10-12 million mark. Money that could have been better spent elsewhere imo

  2. Darren
    Darren June 18, 2015 at 9:15 am . Reply

    We also have Bent completely off the books now which frees up some more money.

    With sales of Weimann and Gil hopefully giving us about £7m plus Lerners usual transfer kitty of the usual £15-20m we should have enough to purchase Amavi (£6m) Townsend (£12-15m) and Huddlestone (£5.5m).

    I know I’m just dreaming but it is in some ways potentially realistic. However we would still also need a goal keeper and another striker to partner Benteke… Now I really am dreaming

    1. Darren
      Darren June 18, 2015 at 9:31 am . Reply

      Oh yeah Richards great signing in my opinion. Even for that money with no transfer fee makes for a good buy and potentially the bargain of the year. You need quality players to attract other quality players and Richards along with now Delph and Benteke and a young Grealish gives Sherwood something to convince players with.

  3. Darren
    Darren June 18, 2015 at 9:40 am . Reply

    Seems Sanchez was brilliant again for Columbia against Brazil apparently almost single handedly stopping Neymar and any attacking threat in a man of the match performance


    1. New Regime
      New Regime June 18, 2015 at 9:52 am . Reply

      On the topic of CS, I think he is one of our most valuable players and I expect him to have an incredicble next season. One of our key key players

      1. Darren
        Darren June 18, 2015 at 10:13 am . Reply

        Agreed, he is a quality player and could well become one of our best and most reliable, this coming season will tell now he knows what the premier league is all about.

        1. JB
          JB June 18, 2015 at 11:20 am . Reply

          Agreed, think he was a victim of his own style at Villa, as he likes to play the ball out, but we had a severe lack of outlets other than a long ball to Benteke – which is not CS style

    2. Andrew
      Andrew June 18, 2015 at 3:49 pm . Reply

      In typical Villa fan style, he had 2 bad-ish games where his passing wasn’t great because he tried creating instead of doing the simple thing and he’s been considered awful ever since, despite stats proving his passing is as accurate as any midfielder we have.

  4. johnnyuk
    johnnyuk June 18, 2015 at 10:06 am . Reply

    5 ft 9 is tall for a defender? He’s tiny… Can’t see him being used at CB much to be honest.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath June 18, 2015 at 11:44 am . Reply

      He is 5 11 I think. But his leap is high which makes up for it

      1. Colonius81
        Colonius81 June 18, 2015 at 7:02 pm . Reply

        which would be the same height as Okore .. Okore and Richards as centre backs …
        that to me would suggest a high line defence, they would be one of the more paciest central defensive duo’s

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath June 19, 2015 at 12:09 am . Reply

          Okore is 6ft Richards 5 11. But defending set pieces and crosses is about position and timing the jump and heading clear it’s not just about height. Peter crouch dosnt win every aerial challenge and he’s a giant !

    GIDDYVILLAN June 18, 2015 at 10:15 am . Reply

    I just hope he doesn’t become another regular defensive crock.

  6. Guest
    Guest June 18, 2015 at 10:20 am . Reply

    Good signing, much better than Vlaar in my opinion, hopefully we’ll get rid as he is far too error and injury prone and thinks he’s better than he is.

  7. langfordvilla
    langfordvilla June 18, 2015 at 11:24 am . Reply

    Richards for Vlaar anytime. Welcome to VP Micah!

    1. steve
      steve June 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm . Reply

      Paddington bloody Bear for Vlaar anytime

      1. saddened
        saddened June 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm . Reply

        Just so happy this might spell the end for the cart horse Vlaar, overrated, too slow, loves a clumsy challenge and thinks he is bigger than the club…. Lets hope he is left without a club

        1. Darren
          Darren June 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm . Reply

          Exactly, if he thinks he is bigger and better then us then don’t come crawling back when no one else wants the arrogant prick.

  8. Dave67
    Dave67 June 18, 2015 at 12:01 pm . Reply

    Great signing, welcome to Villa Park.

  9. DSVilla
    DSVilla June 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm . Reply


    That’s my worry summed up in this article. I hope he has an injury free period ahead of him. I’m not sure how he got on in Italy, but if he stayed fit all or most of their season that would be a big help.

    Fingers crossed and good luck to him

  10. JB
    JB June 18, 2015 at 3:12 pm . Reply

    Debate at work: Would you swap Benteke (30m value) for Townsend (12m), Walker (10m esp if spuds sign trippier) and Dembele (8m) – then sign Austin up front? Would that work if you were to lose benteke…

    1. marvin
      marvin June 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm . Reply

      Personally – not in the least. 12m for Townsend is just throwing away good money and at that fee is he really better than what we have? Walker sure, but that ship had also sailed long ago. We might have better luck going for Yedlin. Dembele would be a Sherwood signing but I personally wouldn’t consider him a player with a “winning” mentality.

    2. DSVilla
      DSVilla June 18, 2015 at 3:49 pm . Reply

      I think I agree with Marvin on this one. However, I would probably sell Benteke at £30M if we managed to get Austin (really doubt he is likely to come to us) plus a couple of other talented players in key positions.

    3. Andrew
      Andrew June 18, 2015 at 3:52 pm . Reply

      Dembele’s the only one of those 3 I’d take. Townsend tries but he’s not a good enough player. Walker isn’t either, can’t defend at all and we’ve had enough solely attack minded defenders who allow cross after cross into our box (coughHuttoncough). Dembele’s actually of the quality we need. Dembele and 25m for Benteke I’d take.

  11. marvin
    marvin June 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm . Reply

    Sadly I can’t see Levy doing us any favors and any Spurs linked player will come at a heavy cost to the club. When have Spurs ever let someone go on the cheap? Hell didn’t we even had to pay for that failed Jenas loan.

    1. Andrew
      Andrew June 18, 2015 at 4:19 pm . Reply

      Yep, I honestly don’t believe a quarter of the links to Spurs or former Spurs players. Hell Sherwood said only 1 in 10 things come off correct by Townsend. Does that sound like a comment from a manager who wants a player? Not at all.

  12. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 June 18, 2015 at 5:38 pm . Reply

    Personal opinion – interesting! Now the rumours are about us spending £10-£12m on players and they are still not good enough! For me Sanchez should start every game in front of the back 4 with Richards as our key CB alongside Clark. And yes I would take Townsend – an improvement on anything we have at the moment – but what do I know compared to the experts on here!

    1. Andrew
      Andrew June 18, 2015 at 6:35 pm . Reply

      Is spending 12m on someone just because they’re better than N’Zogbia and Sinclair exactly good though? Can spend 2m on a player better than either of them, hell spent 3m on a player miles better than those two put together who doesn’t get played. Townsend isn’t worth that kind of money and isn’t that good.

    2. marvin
      marvin June 18, 2015 at 10:15 pm . Reply

      I would say 10-12M for Townsend is low, he’s English and plays for Spurs. Two things which immediately suggest you are in for an inflated price. Who knows he very well may be on his way to the club now, but for that fee he isn’t that big of an improvement than we already have. Void of any news we should all assume Lerner will be at the club for another season and if the transfer kitty is the same well… that pretty much ends the summer right there.

    GIDDYVILLAN June 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm . Reply

    I don’t believe anything until it actually happens, all these links & speculation are mostly media bollox & it bores me shiteless.suddenly spuds are now a feeder club to us just because their former manager is now at the VILLA it’s so predictable yawn fucking yawn.

    1. mike
      mike June 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm . Reply

      Townsend now 1/4 to join villa on skybet.

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